CAEHR – the digital progress hub for connected patient care with cardiovascular diseases

If cardiovascular diseases are detected in time, they can often be treated well. A great deal of valuable information and data is generated in the various areas of healthcare - from emergency care to rehabilitation and outpatient care by general practitioners or specialists. The exchange of this data between the different facilities has hardly been possible so far, but it is very important for an optimal and efficient treatment of patients. This is exactly where the CAEHR project comes in. The project name stands for "CArdiovascular diseases - Enhancing Healthcare through cross-sectoral Routine data integration". In three regions of Germany - Hannover/Göttingen, Berlin and Würzburg/Mainfranken - the CAEHR project will develop and test digital solutions for better cross-sectoral care of people with cardiovascular diseases. CAEHR was developed by experts from the HiGHmed consortium in collaboration with more than 20 other partners, ranging from companies in the healthcare industry to patient representatives. In addition to the University Medical Center Göttingen, other partners involved in the project include the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Hannover Medical School, and the University Hospital Würzburg. The CAEHR project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Dagmar Krefting, Head of the Institute for Medical Informatics at UMG. CAEHR is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the funding module "Digital Progress Hubs Health" of the Medical Informatics funding concept with around 10 million euros. The project will start on August 1, 2021 and run until July 31, 2025. The funding will enable the development of a research-compatible electronic health record. Artificial intelligence (AI) methods will be used to make more precise predictions about the course of diseases, to further improve treatment and to use preventive measures more effectively. The solutions developed in CAEHR will be comprehensively evaluated. CAEHR will demonstrate how the digital networking of structured data can work for various cardiovascular diseases at several points in the care chain: for the emergency care of stroke patients, for the rehabilitation of patients after heart valve intervention, and for the outpatient care of people with coronary heart disease and heart failure. CAEHR standardizes and structures health data from outpatient and inpatient standard care by means of medical-informatics measures. In this way, these data are made usable in an electronic health record for the individual care of patients at the various care interfaces.